Gleanings Newsletter November 2015
In This Issue
CT NOFA Membership!
Renew or Join Today! As a CT NOFA member, you join a community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, educators, chefs and consumers committed to growing Connecticut organically. Click to learn about membership benefits, levels.

Already a member & love our work?  Donate online today to further support our mission to expand organic foods and practices in Connecticut!
Featured Business Member: Whitney Freeman-Kemp from Henny Penny Farm 

Henny Penny Farm in Ridgefield is now open to the public and has held its first event - a Homesteading Workshop - with CT NOFA. Read About It On Their Farm Blog.
CT NOFA Resources Online 
    
online lawn care certification

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Check out our new online fundraising campaign - help support all our programs!
Sourcing Local Food for My Wedding!
 
By Jenna Messier 
Organic Land Care Program Director, CT NOFA
   
 
Jenna Messier and Chris Antezzo, Sr.
From the beginning of our October 12th wedding planning process, my husband Chris and I knew we wanted to have local and organic food at the Lighthouse Park, New Haven, reception. More here>

Join the CT NOFA Board!

CT NOFA seeks new board members to join the team.  Are you a farmer? Have marketing or fundraising skills? Or do you simply want to lend your talents to organic initiatives in our state? If so, we want to meet you. Interested individuals should contact CT NOFA Board President, John Turenne: jturenne@sustainablefoodsystems.com.
How Science is used as a cudgel to advance political and corporate agendas 

By Bill Duesing

Science is the way we study, learn about and organize information about the world we live in, building a body of knowledge that may help us understand the ways of the physical world. More here>   
In the News
Jiff Martin
Congratulations to Jiff Martin for being chosen by the The White House as one of a dozen Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture! More on UCONN's blog.
CT NOFA Events 

Dec. 4, 2015 (Sturbridge, MA): NOFA's Annual Gathering - "Innovations in Organic Land Care" Featuring keynote speaker, James Urban, FASLA; Chip Osborne, and other top experts.

Dec. 5, 2015 (Rockfall, CT): Whole Farm Planning Workshop Series Learn new farm management and planning methods this winter.

Get educated and accredited in the latest non-toxic gardening & landscaping methods.

Events By Our Partners

November 6, 20, 30 (webinar): Harvesting a Profit - A three-part webinar series for farmers who want to brush up on their financial management knowledge. Hosted by Farm Credit East.
 

November 21 (Warren, RI): Six-Figure Farming for Small Plots An Advanced Grower Seminar with Jean-Martin Fortier. Hosted by NOFA Rhode Island.
 
Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course Starts Dec. 5th

CT NOFA's Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course provides new and aspiring farmers with the hands-on training to plan and manage successful farm businesses. Participants will develop a whole farm plan that begins with holistic goal setting, reflection, and a realistic assessment of resources, skills, and markets. Participants will learn critical business planning and management skills necessary to successfully implement the whole farm plan.
  
"This training reinforces my belief in farming as a sustainable lifestyle that is beneficial not only to my immediate family, but to the environment and the community as well. It relieves the anxiety of "fear of failure" as a beginning farmer and builds confidence and concrete business skills at the beginning stage." - Min Tang-Schomer, 2014-2015 course participant
 
 This 10-week course on Saturdays starts December 5, 2015 and runs through April 2016.
Orange
34th Annual Winter Conference
Saturday, March 12, 2016

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT
  

Featuring 50+ workshops, dozens of exhibits, unique vendors,
and a lunch catered by Connecticut's finest restaurants.


Vendor Sign-up Now Open
Farmers, artisan food producers, seed companies, garden supply companies, craftsman, and others businesses are invited to exhibit at the 34th annual Winter Conference. More than 800 farmers and consumers passionate about organic living attended last year's conference! Click here for Vendor Registration Info. 
 
2016 Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities 
Elevate your brand awareness with CT NOFA members - people who are passionate about organic food, gardening, farming and land care. CT NOFA sponsorship and AD packages bundle admission and exhibiting expenses with low-cost advertising and sponsorship opportunities at the event, in print, and online year-round. Choose from a variety of options starting at $150. Click here for our packages.

NEW: CONFERENCE VISITOR SURVEY
: What do you want to learn about this year? Let us know with this brief survey to let us know what presentations and workshops you'd like to see at the conference.  

CT NOFA - Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT | 126 Derby Ave. | Derby | CT | 06418